If the judiciary is ever politicized, EFF leader Julius Malema goes straight to Mozambique.
“Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and the judges of this country bear South Africa’s future on their shoulders. All too often, only the judiciary stands between South Africa and failure – with the current state of the cabinet and parliament, the judiciary is actually the only one to function. If the courts are politicized, it is over with our country, ”Malema warned this afternoon.
On a lighter note, he added: “Then I’ll go to Mozambique.”
Malema also denied during the media conference at the EFF’s national congress, known as the National Assembly, which takes place at Nasrec south of Johannesburg, that he is a dictator. He was peppered with questions about it by journalists who said he was making a fool of himself by the EFF, as – so his critics claim – he did with the student organization Cosas and the ANC’s youth league when he leader.
“My leadership positions have often been challenged democratically in the past, and I have won those elections every time. The secret of my success – why I get reelected every time – is simply because I work very, very hard.”
“I know I come from nothing. When I was little, I stayed in my grandmother’s backyard with my mother, an epileptic single parent who worked as a domestic worker.”
“I built myself up for nothing, without help, thanks to my ability to gauge politics (not at the low level of the clowns playing their political fights on Twitter), my ability to mobilize people at the ground level and the the fact that I work harder than any other politician in this country, ”Malema argued.
“I’ve been written off so many times; there is no lack of political obituaries about me. It’s like this VBS thing – you are fooled by your imagination because you so hard wish it were true” he said.
And this is a case of today South Africa, tomorrow the world if Malema could make sense, because the EFF does not just want to become the governing party in South Africa. The party wants to swing the scepter in a future United States of Africa. That is why there are now EFFs in several African states, with the EFF Namibia recently winning its first two seats in the Namibian parliament.
Although the EFF believes Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa fails as president, Malema said the party does not plan to submit a motion of no confidence in the head of state to parliament any time soon.
He did, however, promise that 2020 will be a year of action from the left spectrum of politics. “We will work with partners like the trade unions Numsa and Amcu. Eskom will not be sold as long as we are here. We invite everyone who cares about the working class to join our protest, ”he said as a clear flicker to Cosatu and the Magashule group in the ANC.
The first cracks of dissatisfaction and aggressive dissent at the congress also occurred Sunday. Former Secretary General Godrich Gardee refused to accept his nomination as a member of the EFF’s central command team (similar to the ANC’s National Executive Committee or the DA’s Federal Council), and in the early hours of the morning four women EFF deputies end up in hospital after an EFF security guard used tear gas against them.
The security guard was fired shortly.
The EFF Congress ends today.